Creating Course Outlines for Traditional Training & Moodle Courses

 

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This presentation provides tips and examples for writing a course outline - which always makes it easier to write a good training course - for both face to face and Moodle online training.

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penny for your thoughts simplifying e-learning for business a few words about course outlines generic and moodle

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about this presentation this powerpoint show is taken from my blog penny for your thoughts simplifying e-learning for business where the posts can be read in their entirety a few words about is a regular feature of my monthly newsletter you can sign up for the newsletter and view archived issues at pennymondani.com pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 2

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what is a course outline · it is · it is the plan the guiding document the roadmap to your course · it makes it easier for you to create the course in an organized manner · it makes it easier for the students to learn by giving them context and setting expectations pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 3

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course outline · topic 1 week 1 lesson 1 ­ ­ ­ ­ subtopic 1 subtopic 2 subtopic n · topic 2 week 2 lesson 2 ­ subtopic 1 · case study exercise other activity ­ subtopic 2 ­ ­ subtopic n · topic n week n lesson n last each bullet point is a logical breakdown of the content not too much detail but enough to provide an idea of what is in that section each bullet point may represent many pages or just a paragraph pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 4

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course outline example bullet points logical breakdown of sequential topics not too much detail but enough each bullet point may contain any type of delivery method video a group activity a lecture etc and take any amount of time pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 5

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tips for creating an outline 1 create the main structure start ­ at the top with the title and break it into parts or ­ at the bottom jotting down each topic on a separate sheet of paper and move them around until they flow 2 compile your existing examples jokes concepts pictures and organize them into the main structure idea create a kitchen sink outline with everything then pick and choose items for different audiences objectives and/or time formats pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 6

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course outlines moodle outlines · course outlines are a necessary starting point for any course creation · not all bullets in the original course outline will transfer to the moodle course outline · why ­ some items such as assignments or quizzes will be separate items in the moodle outline ­ some items such as short topics will be too short to occupy an entire moodle page or too long for one page ­ moodle outlines are similar to powerpoint slide outlines in that each bullet is a distinct entity page pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 7

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moodle course outline · topic 1 week 1 lesson 1 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ page 1 page 2 page n page 1 page 2 page n bullet points pages not just pages but also links to other sites links to documents and media assignments quizzes glossaries very much like a slide in powerpoint you must hit the next key to move between them · topic 2 week 2 lesson 2 · topic n week n lesson n last pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 8

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what is a page in moodle · web pages which are a mix of ­ text including linked text ­ graphics charts pictures ­ linked or embedded video audio or · links to be opened directly ­ ­ ­ ­ external sites downloadable documents videos other media pictures audio assignments quizzes forums chats others glossaries wikis meetings or · activities such as ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ these should fit together sequentially other content can be added to the side © 2010 all elsewhere in analytical inc pennymondani.com boxes orrights reserved albany the course course outlines page 9

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moodle outline example this is the outline of the pluto demo course at beelearn.com this is what the student sees on the course main page web pages text linked text pictures linked pics embedded flash activities quizzes assignments glossaries chats forums meetings links to open directly documents videos audios external sites pennymondani.com course outlines page 10 © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc.

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tips for creating a moodle outline 1 start with the non-moodle outline 2 create one bullet point for each continuous set of text 3 create another bullet point for each activity quiz assignment etc 4 for each link documents websites videos flash determine whether to mix it in with your text pages embedded or linked to text or to make it a separate page pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 11

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two special pages in every outline · purpose-objectives-goals ­ this will be one of the first pages in your course that anyone reads ­ it might be in the description viewable to everyone in a side box or at the top of the course main page ­ it will set the tone for what is expected from the student and from your course content ­ it can also include a welcome statement from you · summary ­ this will be the last page before the final exam and will tie into the p-o-g ­ it can also include a thank you and/or a farewell good luck statement from you pennymondani.com © 2010 all rights reserved albany analytical inc course outlines page 12

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